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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Cargo Inspection Services
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for Cargo Inspection Services?

What is the average price of Cargo Inspection Services?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Cargo Inspection Services. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Cargo Inspection Services been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Cargo Inspection Services yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Cargo Inspection Services?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Cargo Inspection Services with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

About 150 companies provide cargo inspection services in the US market. The top four suppliers of these services account for less than 30.0% of total market revenue, indicating that the market has a low level of market share concentration. The primary reasons for the low level of concentration in... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience & Reputation

How have you dealt with major complaints from past clients? What were these complaints?

What is the average retention rate among your clients?

How long have your top five clients used you for inspection services?

What previous experience have you had with clients that have shipping needs similar to mine?

How do you obtain and process feedback from clients? What changes have you made from feedback collected in the past?

How long have you been in business?

Value-Added Services

What value-added or complementary services do you offer? How will including value-added services impact pricing?

How many cargo inspection clients take advantage of value-added services? Which services are the most popular?

How do you maintain your operational efficiency when offering more than just your core cargo inspection services?

Do you use a subcontractor for any of the value-added services? How does this impact prices?


How have you dealt with bottlenecks in the port caused by inspection backups?

How do you stay informed of ongoing regulatory changes in both the United States and abroad?

How have you adjusted to new regulations in the market? How have these changes impacted costs?

What are your typical procedures concerning cargo security?

What type of documentation do you have showing the checks and inspections you have received to confirm that you are following regulations?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should explicitly state the amount of the contract award.

Buyers should explain whether they expect to pay for services after each inspection or at some other point during the life of the contract.

Buyers can consult the Benchmark Price section of this report to determine how much they should pay to have each container inspected.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate the experience of the inspection team that will be examining their cargo.

Buyers should make sure the provider offers appropriate types of cargo inspections.

Buyers should evaluate providers based on the estimated costs of the inspection services they are offering.

Buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report for key criteria to consider when evaluating providers.

Project Schedule

Buyers should include the dates proposals are due and when award information will be available.

Buyers should provide the discharge ETAs for their cargo shipments.

Buyers should also include any other benchmark dates relevant to the project that suppliers will need to be aware of.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

The supply chain for cargo inspection services has displayed moderate risk in the three years to 2020. This level of risk indicates that providers are more likely to encounter supply chain disruptions that could increase their operating expenses or prevent them from providing services altogether. Consequently, this risk may make... Subscribe to learn more.